This is a two-parter – first, my favorite soup poem from Lewis Carroll:


Beautiful Soup so rich and green,

Waiting in a hot tureen,

Who for such dainties would not stoop?

Soup of the evening, beautiful soup!

Soup of the evening, beautiful soup!


Beau—ootiful –Soo-oop!

Beau—ootiful –Soo-oop!

Soo-oop of the e—e—evening,

Beautiful, beautiful soup!

Beautiful Soup! Who cares for fish?

Game, or any other dish?

Who would not give all else for two

Pennyworth only of Beautiful soup?

Pennyworth only of Beautiful soup?

Pennyworth only of Beautiful soup?

Beau—ootiful –Soo-oop!

Beau—ootiful –Soo-oop!

Soo-oop of the e—e—evening,

Beautiful, beauty FUL SOUP!


And now for my own:


What is as fine as a bowl of soup

In a tureen, carried hot to the table,

Or a beef stew simmered with veggies and meat,

As wondrous as an old Aesop Fable;

I love noodle soup or a tomato bisque,

My chili falls into this category,

French Onion Soup with melted cheese,

Russian Borscht served in its beet-red glory.

Mushroom Soup! Pepper Pot!

Or a Consomme!

Won ton Soup! Morel Soup!

Cream of Pea and crackers on a tray!

Black Bean Soup! Cabbage Soup!
Or a pot of New England Chowder!

(Not for me Manhattan style—

For that I’d take a powder!)

Perhaps some Mulligatawny Soup,

Or some Minestrone!

I’d even eat some Bouillabaisse,

As long as it’s not boney!

Bring me a bowl of Orleans gumbo,

Or any soup that’s bold,

Or let us have gazpacho that’s

Always served up cold.

Serve me cream of celery soup!

Carrot soup with Curry!

Bring me soups that cook all day

But dish up in a hurry;

Serve me spicy peanut soup

Or turkey soup with rice –

I’d gladly eat green lentil soup

But meatball soup is also nice,

Soup for breakfast! Soup for lunch!

Soup for a late night supper;

Let me have a cup of soup

For a pick-me-upper.

Let me have War Won Ton Soup,

Or Tortilla soup that’s spicy,

Let me have a cockle soup

Or lobster bisque that’s pricey!

Serve me cock-a-leekie soup,

Or Egg Drop soup from China,

Serve it fancy, serve it plain,

I’m never going to mind-a,

Soups can be hearty or else light

Feed one or feed a troop

I’ll never tire or get enough

Of delicious homemade soup.


Sandra Lee Smith/written in May, 2009


Sandra’s cooknote: Oddly enough – or maybe not odd at all, I began

Working on a pot of ham and bean soup this morning. I had a large ham bone

In the freezer that a girlfriend gave to me after Easter. I like to do

Ham & bean soup in two stages – first to cook the hambone and

And scraps in my pressure cooker—so now I have a gallon of

Stock. Refrigerating the stock overnight enables the cook (me) to

Strain off the fat after it has solidified.

I made a trip to the supermarket to pick up celery, onions
(Vidalias are in season!) and a few other items, such as tomato

Paste. – sls









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